Bounded by the Arabian Gulf and the stately Western Ghats, Kerala is a magical land of enduring charm and fascinating people! The land is uniquely endowed with sun-kissed beaches, tempting backwaters, verdant hills, lush green multifarious coconut groves, palm-fringed canals, rich and fascinating culture. Truly, Kerala is ‘God’s own country.’
30 kms from the bustling port of Kochi and tucked away on the northern edge of Vypin Island, is Cherai Beach, a picturesque 15 km strip of sand and surf. The lazy and serene waters of this idyllic nook in central Kerala have beckoned many a traveler over the years.
Owing to its shallow and clean coast, Cherai beach is one of the safest in Kerala, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. And one can actually spy dolphins frolicking amid the waves! ‘Far from the madding crowd,’ this unspoiled stretch of golden sand is undoubtedly one of the ‘last untouched frontiers’ in the country.
Cherai delineates the placid tree-lined backwaters from the azure sea, and is rightly called the ‘Princess of the Arabian Sea.’ To those seeking a break away from it all, this tiny fishing hamlet, with its unhurried rhythm of life and traditional ambience ensures a memorable sojourn.
This lovely haven jutting into the Arabian Sea is my hometown and the beach (cherai beach) lacing it ‘is the jewel in the crown’, distinguishing it from the rest of Kerala.